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hagel, the president's pick to be the next defense secretary. they are demanding more details from the white house on the daily raid on the u.s. consulate in libya last september and also want more time to look into income that hagel failed to disclose during confirmation hearings last week. republicans say they will not block an up-or-down vote after they get back from vacation in 10 days. >> i think that that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to any questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and an up-or-down vote on his nomination. >> president obama says republicans are playing politics with national security during wartime and says hagel will eventually be confirmed. >>> coming up next on fox 5 morning news, warmer weather, the crack of the bat, you can almost smell spring around the corner, coh, yeah. baseball time. it's almost here. the nats are stepping up to the plate down in florida getting ready for their first full squad practice at spring training. >>> first, let's talk -- check in, rather, with tucker barne
successor will be sworn in in a private ceremony this afternoon. >>> former senator chuck hagel is grilled by fellow republicans during his confirmation hearings to be the next defense secretary. he defended his stances on israel and iran. lawmaker brought up a study he co-authored last year from a group that support the elimination of nuclear weapons. the hearing got heated at one point. >> i would like the answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> you refuse to answer that question. i would like an answer, yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it is far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to history. i am fully committed to the president's goal of preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. as i have been on record on that issue, as i have said on the past many times, all occupations must be on the tagliabue to achieve that goal. >> hagel is expected to be confirmed as the next defense secretary despite the republican
reached out personally to libyan leaders. he said the nomination of chuck hagel to head the department of defense and john brennan as cia chief could be sidetrackedded until senators get the answers they want. graham has serious concerns about whether the president did enough to stop the attacks that killed four americans. >> i do believe, if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may an life. if he did call the libyan officials, that could affect things. >> reporter: but democrats suggest graham is doing the country a disservice. >> it is unwashingtonned to stop or attempt to try the stop the no, ma'am naiftion secretary of defense and cia director. we need the men and women of the department of defense need a secretary of defense. >> reporter: the senate armed services committee postponated vote on hagel until this week. >>> marine general joseph dunsford is the new head of forces. he is likely the last commander of the u.s. led international coalition in the 11-year-old war. >>> an
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